After looking at the top 10 games in from the north division we turn our attention to the south. Each team got at least one game on the list with some intriguing cross division games earning a mention.
In addition like we previously did, games at these six schools were put on the list due to the south division team being the home team.
Top 10 PAC-12 South Games
10) Utah at Michigan on Saturday, September 20 at TBD
Why it’s on the list: Kyle Whittingham will lead his Utes into the “Big House” against Michigan. Utah will be looking for a statement win against one of college football’s landmark programs.
9) Colorado State v. Colorado in Denver on Friday, August 29 at 6 pm on FOX Sports 1
Why it’s on the list: This rivalry has had a little of everything over the years and expect no less at Sports Authority Field in Denver. CU has won three out of the last four match-ups between these rivals which includes a 41-27 victory last season.
8) Fresno State @ No. 15 Southern California on Saturday, August 30 at 4:30 pm on FOX
Why it’s on the list: The Steve Sarkisian era at Southern California opens with Fresno State at the Coliseum. This has tough opener written all over it for Sark and his team and is only low on our list given the solid slate of games.
7) Arizona @ UTSA on Thursday, September 4 at 5 pm on FOX Sports 1
Why it’s on the list: I know you’re thinking “why is this game on the list?” well because it’s a Thursday night affair where upsets occur. That’s right I’m selling you on the potential of this game but UTSA will give Arizona all they want at the AlamoDome in this early season match-up deep in the heart of Texas.
6) No. 7 UCLA v. Texas in Arlington on Saturday, September 13 at 5 pm on FOX
Why it’s on the list: Sticking in Texas we travel to Arlington for the Bruins and Longhorns for Jerry World. This is an early season game that could be important should UCLA be able to get the victory in northern Texas.
5) No. 17 Notre Dame @ No. 19 Arizona State on Saturday, November 8 at
Why it’s on the list: Speaking of AT&T Stadium in Arlington these two teams met their last season when ND won 37-34. Todd Graham having a high profile home game like this he’ll likely put everything on the table, it also comes late in the season between Utah and at Oregon State.
4) No. 7 UCLA @ No. 19 Arizona State* on Thursday, September 25 at 7 pm on FOX Sports 1
Why it’s on the list: Both teams will be coming off a bye week when they square off at Sun Devil Stadium for this Thursday night game. While early on in the conference schedule this divisional game will be important to whoever can get the win. Over the past two seasons road teams are 2-0 between these teams.
3) No. 15 Southern California @ No. 7 UCLA* on Saturday, November 22 at TBD
Why it’s on the list: Jim Mora enters his third season in Westwood and has defeated USC 38-28 and 35-14. He also returns a team with 17 starters where the Trojans bring back 14 so there’s a good chance this game could decide who represents the south division in the title game.
2) No. 11 Stanford @ No. 7 UCLA* on November 28 at 12:30 pm on ABC
Why it’s on the list: While Mora has enjoyed success against his cross town rival it’s been different when playing his nemesis from the bay area. Stanford won the 2012 conference crown defeating UCLA in back-to-back weeks, last season it was the Cardinal winning 24-10. This should be another great cross divisional meeting between these schools at the Rose Bowl to close out the season.
1) No. 3 Oregon @ No. 7 UCLA* on Saturday, October 11 at TBD
Why it’s on the list: UCLA third conference game will be hosting Oregon at the Rose Bowl which have high stakes for the conference and College Football Playoff implications. The Ducks have won four straight against the Bruins including the 2011 PAC-12 championship game in Eugene.
* = PAC-12 Match-up
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